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Bruins Take Oregon Trip This Weekend
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  05/01/2002

May 1, 2002

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This Week
Fri. May 3 at Oregon -- Eugene, OR -- 2 pm
Sat. May 4 at Oregon State (#16) -- Corvallis, OR -- 2 pm
Sun. May 5 at Oregon State (#16) -- Corvallis, OR -- 1 pm

Next Week
Fri. May 10 ARIZONA (#2) -- Easton Stadium -- 2 pm
Sat. May 11 ARIZONA STATE (#4) - Doubleheader -- Easton Stadium -- 1 pm
Sun. May 12 NCAA Selection Show -- ESPNEWS -- 6 pm

UCLA continued its Pac-10 hot streak last week with a four-game sweep of Washington and the Bay Area schools. This weekend, the Bruins will complete their final Pac-10 road trip of the season, taking on Oregon and No. 16 Oregon State. UCLA swept the Oregon schools earlier this season, taking one game from the Beavers and two from the Ducks at Easton Stadium. UCLA holds a 50-7 all-time record against Oregon (including 2-0 this season) and a 60-5 record against the Beavers (1-0 this year).

Goerl, Nuveman Win Pac-10, NFCA Weekly Honors
UCLA's Keira Goerl and Stacey Nuveman swept the Pac-10's Pitcher and Player of the Week honors for April 29. Goerl, a sophomore from Moreno Valley, CA, earns her fourth Pitcher of the Week honor of the 2002 season, while Nuveman, a senior from LaVerne, CA, earns her second Player of the Week honor this season. Nuveman was named the NFCA Player of the Week on Wednesday.

Goerl pitched a no-hitter against No. 6 California on Friday, her fifth of the season, between double-figure strikeout games against No. 8 Washington (13 K's on Wednesday) and No. 7 Stanford (11 K's on Sunday). Nuveman tied the NCAA home run record on Saturday at Stanford, while hitting .667 for the week. She was 8-for-12 with two doubles, five RBI, two walks and the record-tying home run. UCLA Rolls to 4-0 Week vs. Washington, Bay Area Schools

The Bruins started last week's slate by completing their seven-game homestand with a dramatic 5-3 win over No. 8 Washington. Down 3-0 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Stacey Nuveman connected on a bases loaded RBI single before Claire Sua smashed a grand slam home run, giving UCLA the 5-3 win. Pitcher Keira Goerl struck out 13 in the game.

Friday afternoon saw the Bruins taking on No. 6 California in Berkeley, with Goerl pitching her fifth no-hitter of the season. Nuveman celebrated her 24th birthday by going 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI while catching Goerl's no-hitter. Tairia Mims also went 3-for-4, providing UCLA's other RBI in the 3-0 victory.

Saturday saw an offensive explosion for the Bruins, with UCLA putting up 10 runs in the top of the third inning. UCLA sent 14 batters to the plate in that inning, with three players (Natasha Watley, Amanda Freed and Nuveman) earning two hits in the frame. All nine lineup spots scored at least one run in the 13-2 win. Offensive highlights included Nuveman's NCAA record-tying home run, and home runs in consecutive ABs by Sua. On Sunday, Goerl completed her perfect week with a 2-0 victory over Stanford, striking out 11 batters. Mims hit a two-out solo home run in the first inning, which proved to be the game winner.

Nuveman Ties NCAA Career Home Run Record
On Sat., Apr. 27, in the third inning of UCLA's game at No. 7 Stanford, UCLA senior catcher Stacey Nuveman hit her 85th career home run, tying the NCAA record held by Arizona's Leah Braatz and Laura Espinoza. Nuveman reached the mark in the 249th game of her career, as opposed to 251 and 271 for Espinoza and Braatz, respectively.

Also notable is Nuveman's pace for career slugging percentage. Entering Wednesday's game against Washington, Nuveman holds a career slugging percentage of .940, nearly 150 points higher than the current NCAA career record of .797, held by Braatz. She will also break UCLA's record for career batting average, as she is currently hitting .468 for her career, an average that would rank second on the NCAA's all-time list.

Although Cal junior Veronica Nelson has broken the previous NCAA record for walks, Nuveman is now second on the all-time list with 220 career walks, having passed previous record holder, Oregon State's Tarrah Beyster (211). Finally, Nuveman ranks fourth on the NCAA's Division I career RBI list with 289. Once again, she is the top non-Arizona player on that list, and needs 26 RBI to move up to third (#3 Espinoza had 315 RBI).


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